Eagles

Eagles

Eagles

EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - JANUARY 07: Jalen Hurts #1 and Jason Kelce #62 of the Philadelphia Eagles enter the game against the New York Giants during their game at MetLife Stadium on January 07, 2024 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

It would be hard for the Eagles to go into the playoffs on a less impressive note. The 11-6 record is not terrible. Many thought they would go 12-5, so it is not too far off of expectations. But when you go from 10-1 to 11-6, you are going to take some heat. Especially when some of those losses were to the Cardinals, Drew Lock’s Seahawks, and the Giants. They are 1-5 since the start of December, and it dragged their point differential down to just +5.

They still made the playoffs, so at least there is that. They will face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday Night. which on paper, is the best matchup they could get. The Bucs are mostly just in the playoffs because they play in the NFC South, and one of those teams had to make it. But if just just go since December, they have been the much better team. For one, they are 5-1 in that time. But they have also scored more points, and allowed the 2nd fewest points in the league. So as bad as the Bucs look on paper, it is hard to look at them and say the Eagles drew the ideal matchup. You could argue it’s the Bucs who drew the easiest matchup in the first round.

But before we got to the playoffs, all of the National Sits put out one last round of Power Rankings. To see where every team stands as the regular season comes to a close. For whatever reason, many of them had been oddly optimistic about the Eagles during this stretch. Even going so far as to chastise Eagles fans for doubting. but was the final week enough to convince them the negative eagles fans were right?

Here is where the Eagles fell in the Final Power Rankings of the regular season:

  • NFL.com- 11 (Previously 9)

    “If you want you talk yourself into the Eagles’ loss to the Giants “not meaning much,” have at it. Meanwhile, I’ll be wondering how a team that came into this season with a lot of pride — and for darned good reason — let its last regular-season opportunity to send a message saying “We’ve got this” pass by so helplessly.”

    Yea, I dont buy the “not meaning much excuse either.” They went into that game planning on winning. That is why they sent their starters out. Saying they weren’t trying is just a convenient excuse for how badly they got embarrassed. There is also the fact they looked equally bad in all pf the other games since the start of December.

    NFL.com Power Rankings

  • The Athletic- 13 (Previously 11)

    “The Eagles have lost five of their last six games. Since Week 12, they are 31st in the NFL in scoring defense, allowing 30.3 points per game. On top of that, Jalen Hurts hurt a finger on his throwing hand and A.J. Brown suffered what is believed to be a minor knee injury Sunday. Philadelphia beat Tampa Bay 25-11 in Week 3, but that feels like decades ago to Eagles fans.”

    The defense has been as bad as it gets, especially since Patricia took over. Say what you will about Desai, but his defense at least had moments. Patrcia’s got embarrassed by the Cardinals. If They can’t stop the Cardinals or the Giants, why should anyone think they can stop the Bucs?

    https://x.com/AZCardinals/status/1741557553203474587?s=20

    The Athletic Power Rankings

  • CBS- 11 (Previously 9)

    “They limp into the playoffs having lost five of six to close the season. They look nothing like last year’s Super Bowl team.”

    A lot of similar faces, at least on offense. but none of what made them so special last year. In 2022 they beat up teams so bad they could take their foot off the gas in the 2nd half. This year even when they scored points, they have often been coming from behind.

    Josh Norris on Twitter: "The Eagles finished with the 2nd worst point differential of any playoff team (+5)only ahead of the Steelers (-20) / Twitter"

    The Eagles finished with the 2nd worst point differential of any playoff team (+5)only ahead of the Steelers (-20)

    CBS Power Rankings

  • Sports Illustrated- 7 (Previously 8)

    “The late-season collapse of the Eagles has been disappointing. While I am not pointing the blame at Eagles fans in particular, I am pointing the blame at our own expectations.”

    One, how did they improve in the rankings after week 18? Two, the expectations were not the problem. Their execution is the problem. The offense is way too talented to play this poorly. Our expectations were fair, they just underperformed.

    Paul Hembekides (Hembo) on Twitter: "Most throwaways this season(via @pfref):Bryce Young (46)JALEN HURTS (35)Sam Howell (32)In what world does the Eagles offense -- which is absolutely LOADED -- have that many empty plays? / Twitter"

    Most throwaways this season(via @pfref):Bryce Young (46)JALEN HURTS (35)Sam Howell (32)In what world does the Eagles offense -- which is absolutely LOADED -- have that many empty plays?

    Sports Illustrated Power Rankings

  • PFF - 8 (Previously 7)

    “The Eagles’ coverage unit graded out to 65.9, ranking tied for 24th. The group surrendered the second-most touchdowns (35) the most receptions (423) and first downs (221) in coverage.”

    My question is, how do you end up ranked 24th when you give up the 2nd most TDs and the most receptions/ first downs? Those numbers suggest to me that they were either the worst or the 2nd worst.

    PFF Power Rankings

  • Fox Sports- 14 (Previously 12)

    “It speaks to the Eagles’ early success that they sit comfortably as the NFC’s No. 5 seed despite finishing the season an eye-popping 1-5. But that’s irrelevant now. Have you seen anything from Philly that gives you hope they can pull out of this nosedive?”

    Nope. Apart from blind faith, there is no real reason to be confident in the Eagles right now.

    StatMuse on Twitter: "Eagles before December 1st -10-1, best record in NFLEagles since December 1st -1-5, 2nd-worst record in NFL pic.twitter.com/gWtJxibldw / Twitter"

    Eagles before December 1st -10-1, best record in NFLEagles since December 1st -1-5, 2nd-worst record in NFL pic.twitter.com/gWtJxibldw

    Fox Sport’s Power Rankings

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